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Rollberball

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Rollerball

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
98 minutes
Wide Release Date:
02/08/02
performer:
Chris Klein, LL Cool J, Rebecca Romijn, Pink, Jean Reno
director:
John McTiernan
distributor:
MGM
author:
John Pogue, David C. Wilson
genre:
ActionAdventure, Sci-fi and Fantasy

We gave it a C-

Watching Rollerball is like watching a late-night rerun while stuck in a thunderdome. In this update of the 1975 Norman Jewison thriller, Chris Klein, as the rollerball champ who uncovers a secret plan to up the sport’s violence for ratings, seems to be doing an impersonation of Keanu Reeves at his most out-of-it. The decadent bloodsport, a rowdy, smash-’em-up cross between Roller Derby and ice hockey, looks, if anything, far less brutal and nihilistic in the age of the WWF and the Vegas-gone-Madison Avenue Super Bowl than it did in the ’70s. C-